The first completed prototype of the Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft rolled out of the company’s Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, production facility on 21 October.

Embraer can now begin ground testing in preparation for first flight, which the company maintains will occur before the end of the year. The example is the first of two that will be used for ground and flight testing and in the certification process.

The aircraft was developed in concert with the Brazilian Air Force, which is contracted to receive at least 28 of the type starting in 2016. Another five nations have signed letters of intent to purchase a total 32 additional KC-390s.

KC-390 rollout